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Acumen Client Architect Agreement

In our experience, the Institute of Architects` contracts are often used for national projects, but there are no barriers to using them equally for commercial or government projects. The slightly more commercial style of the CAA2019 can help convince customers. The Institute of Architects has also published an abbreviated contract called Client Architect Agreement Limited Services 2019 (CAALS2019). As the name suggests, it is designed for limited interactions with low value and low complexity. It omits some of the protective measures before the longer CAA2019 and, most importantly, it achieves brevity by almost entirely excluding the power level. This makes it essential, when using this contract, to clearly and carefully define the role of the architect in Schedule B. Confusion about the role of the architect is a frequent source of disputes. In court proceedings, architects are often subject to a wide range of traditional services, unless the scope of their consulting contract is clear and clearly limited. The introductory guide is intended to be used by the architect immediately after the first meeting with the person concerned.

This is supposed to be a confirmation of everything that is discussed with the client – it is assumed that the architect will forward a draft agreement in appendix to the letter. This philosophy leads to an architectural language that constantly evolves and responds to the mission of a project. The CAA2019 contains other practical protections for the architect, such as. B a disclaimer for indirect, consecutive or special damages (G.2.2) and the assertion that the architect`s services do not contain advice on asbestos, hazardous substances or building materials (A.2.4). Overall, the CAA2019 is more advantageous to the architect than most client-designed consulting agreements in the commercial or governmental field. Five optional guides have been designed to help architects use the 2009 client-architect agreement (CAA2009). The user guide will provide the architect with instructions on the content and impact of CAA2009, as well as suggestions on how to complete the details of the contractual plans. The user guide can also be used to help the customer, correctly complete the required details and sign the contract. A clearly written and appropriate agreement is the most effective way to avoid misunderstandings and disputes during a project, as well as the associated costs and risks.

With regard to insurance, the CAA2019 requires that the architect have professional liability and liability insurance (both amounts must be specified in the schedule) as well as work allowance (G.1). One of the most common questions we received about the previous version of 2009 was how much should be added as a limitation of liability (in Schedule H`s “Architect`s Responsibility to Client” field). The new version solves this problem by providing, in clause G.2.1, that the architect`s liability limit is (overall) identical to the amount of their professional liability insurance.

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